The outcome of the meeting of NATO leaders in Brussels should be to accelerate investment in high readiness forces needed for collective defence and expedition operations. Ensuring the Alliance’s ability to conduct both types of missions at the same time is a prerequisite for maintaining its integrity and credibility, key to the sense of security of all its members.
On 22-23 May, U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Israel. His visit is meant to portray his administration as more willing to consider Israel's strategic interests than did President Barack Obama's.
Massive anti-government protests in Budapest in April this year have not changed the distribution of support among Hungary’s political parties. Although Hungarians increasingly favour change, the party with the greatest chance of winning the parliamentary elections in April 2018 is still Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz.
So far, the Trump administration has been passive in its relations with Poland and the other Central European states. For those knowledgeable about Polish-American relations, this attitude certainly rings a bell. However, President Trump could still avoid the setbacks his predecessor in the White House experienced early in his presidency.
Presidential elections in Iran will be held on 19 May. The strongest candidates are Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s current president, and Ebrahim Raisi, who is said to be a favourite of Iran’s Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei.